About - Anthony Buccino

New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’

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Anthony Buccino has written essays based in and around Nutley and Belleville, N.J. He published two books of biographies of the  hundreds of men from his home towns who died while in service. He also published several collections of poetry.

He has written about life in northern New Jersey and about transit in New Jersey at NJ.Com. Buccino is a contributing writer at NJ Voices.

More than once, Buccino has been compared to National Public Radio celebrity and popular novelist Garrison Keillor, also to humor writer Dave Barry.

It has been said you can find Buccino's books alongside the likes of Russell Baker - also from Belleville - Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. They were talking alphabetically, as in the Belleville Public Library and Information Center.

Buccino's essay collection is Rambling Round-Inside and Outside at the Same Time has more than five dozen casual essays that trigger memories as do the mere mention of PF Fliers, the Garden State Parkway, Jerry The Ice Cream Man, school cafeteria lunches, high school football game pretzels, the freshman play ... and much more.

Buccino published two other collections of essays and stories: A Father's Place, An Eclectic Collection, in 1991, and Sister Dressed Me Funny, in 1996.

Buccino recently published Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War, Yountakah Country, CANNED, Sixteen Inches On Center, AMERICAN BOY: Pushing Sixty and RETRIEVING LABRADOR DAYS dog tales in prose and verse.

He published two collections of poetry in 2008. Voices on the Bus are poems written while commuting from northeastern Essex County to Jersey City, N.J. One Morning in Jersey City are poems written in and around Jersey City and  sitting along the Hudson River, often at lunch time despite the collection's title.  

The Nutley Sons and Belleville Sons honor roll projects are serious writing about a serious subject. With his daughter Andrea, two paperbacks were published based on the research about the men from Nutley, N.J., and Belleville, N.J., who died in service to their country.

In May 2005, a new memorial to nine men who died in peacetime was dedicated in Nutley - based on the research in Nutley Sons Honor Roll.

In November 2005, more than 150 names were added to the Belleville memorial on Union Avenue, after having the blank slate for 50 years awaiting the list of names which was based on the research in Belleville Sons Honor Roll.

In 2006, six street names in a new residential development City Homes At Essex Park in Belleville, N.J., were renamed to honor veterans and four of the Belleville heroes who died while in service.

Buccino was named the recipient of the UNICO National 2005 Grand Order Filippo Mazzei William Paca Americanism Award.

In 2001, Buccino received the Mille Grazie Award for his work with Italian American One Voice Coalition against negative stereotyping in the media.

From 1996 to 1998, he was managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers where he oversaw the Nutley Journal, The Belleville Post, The Independent Press of Bloomfield and The Glen Ridge Paper.

In 1997, Buccino won a New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists  award for editorial writing.

From 1989 to 1990, he was editor of The Belleville Times.

In the 1970s Buccino wrote reviews and essays for area newspapers including The Belleville Times, Belleville, N.J., and The Independent Press of Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Buccino's most recent essay collection is Rambling Round - Inside and Outside at the Same Time. He published two other collections of essays and stories: A Father's Place, An Eclectic Collection, in 1991, and Sister Dressed Me Funny, in 1996. These collections are about life and growing up in northern New Jersey in the second half of the 20th Century.

He published a volume of poetry, Days You Knew Me in 1976.

Buccino has been published in New Jersey Monthly, the Wall Street Journal, the Passaic Herald News, New Jersey Federated Sportsmen, Italian Tribune, Behind The Lines and other publications.

He served as editor at New Jersey Motor Truck Association, a state trade association, Beauty & Barber Supply Institute, a national trade association, and of Modern Food Service Magazine, a regional magazine.

He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, New Jersey Chapter.

The author attended Montclair State College where he majored in English with a journalism minor. Buccino is a business news editor. 

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